Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra
Theory and practice of democracy, deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, identity politics, multiculturalism, social movements, alternative forms of political participation, and interpretive political research.
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Dr Selen Ercan is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Institute’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Her work sits at the intersection of normative democratic theory and empirical political research, and examines a wide range of topics including the politics of inclusion and exclusion in multicultural societies, the prospects for public deliberation in the face of value conflicts and polarised public debates, and the potential of new forms of political participation and protest movements in reviving democratic practice.
Selen’s recent book, Mending Democracy. Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times (2020, Oxford University Press, with Hendriks and Boswell) captures the small-scale work of everyday actors aimed at repairing connections across democratic systems, and provides a theoretically informed guidance for enabling democratic reform in disconnected times.
Selen has published over 30 articles and book chapters on deliberative democracy, social movements, multiculturalism, and research methods in Social Sciences. Her publications have appeared in various journals including: International Political Science Review, Policy and Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Environmental Politics, Social Movement Studies, and Critical Policy Studies. Two of her articles won the best paper prize of the journal, Policy and Politics in 2017 and 2019.
Selen holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey), a MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. She has held research positions at the University of Mannheim (MZES), Australian National University; as well as visiting research and teaching positions in the Political Science programs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil, 2014), Nagoya University (Japan, 2015) and Stuttgart University (Germany, 2017).
Hendriks, C., Ercan, S.A. and Boswell, J. (2020) Mending Democracy. Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Elstub, S., Ercan, S.A. and Mendonça, R.F. (eds.) (2018) Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
Ercan, S.A., Asenbaum, H., Curato, N. and Mendonça, R.F. (eds.) Assessing Deliberation: Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy (under contract with Oxford University Press).
Parry, L., Asenbaum, H. and Ercan, S.A. (forthcoming) Democracy in Flux. A Systemic View on the Impact of COVID-19. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy.
Afsoun, A., Beausoleil, E., Dean, R., Ercan, S.A. and Gagnon, J-P. (2020) Democracy in a Global Emergency. Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Democratic Theory 7(2): v-xix.
Mendonca, R.F., Ercan, S.A., Asenbaum, H. (2020) More than Words: A Multidimensional Approach to Deliberative Democracy. Political Studies [Online first]
Curato, N., Sass, J., Ercan, S.A, and Niemeyer S. (2020) ‘Deliberative democracy in the age of serial crisis’ International Political Science Review [Online first]
- Ercan, S.A., Durnová, A., Loeber, A. and Wagenaar, H. (2020) Symposium: Revisiting the three pillars of Deliberative Policy Analysis. Policy Studies 41(4): 307-30.
- Mendonca, R. F., Ercan, S.A, Ozguc, U., Reis, S. and Simoes, P.G. (2019) Protests as “events”: The symbolic struggles in 2013 demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil. Revista de Sociologia e Política, 27(69).
- Ercan, S.A, Hendriks, C.M, Dryzek J.S. (2019) Public deliberation in an era of communicative plenty. Policy and Politics 47(1):19-36. [Recipient of Best Paper Prize]
- Hendriks, C., Ercan, S.A. and Duus, S. (2019) Listening in polarised controversies: A study of listening practices in the public sphere. Policy Sciences 52(1):137-51.
- Ransan-Cooper, H., Ercan, S.A, and Duus, S. (2018) When anger meets joy: How emotions mobilise and sustain the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia. Social Movement Studies 17(6):635-57.
- Ercan, S.A. (2017) Engaging with extremism in a multicultural society: A deliberative democratic approach. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 12(2):9-21.
- Curato, N., Dryzek, J., Ercan, S.A., Hendriks, C.M. and Niemeyer, S. (2017) Twelve key findings in deliberative democracy research. Daedalus 146(3):28-38.
- Ercan, S.A. (2017) From polarisation to pluralisation: A deliberative democratic approach to illiberal cultures. International Political Science Review 38(1):114-27.
- Ercan, S.A., Hendriks, C. and Boswell, J. (2017) Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research. Policy and Politics 45(2):195-212. [Recipient of 2017 Best Paper Prize]
- Hendriks, C.M, Duus, S. and Ercan, S.A. (2016) Performing politics on social media: the dramaturgy of an environmental controversy in Facebook. Environmental Politics 25(6):1102-25.
- Boswell, J., Hendriks, C. and Ercan, S.A. (2016) Message received? Examining transmission in deliberative systems. Critical Policy Studies 10(3):263-383.
- Schirmer, J., Dare, L. and Ercan, S.A. (2016) Deliberative democracy and the Tasmanian Forest Peace Process. Australian Journal of Political Science 51(2):288-307.
- Elstub, S., Ercan, S.A. and Mendonça, R.F. (2016) The fourth generation of deliberative democracy. Critical Policy Studies 10(2):139-51.
- Ercan, S.A. and Dryzek, J. (2015) The reach of deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 36(3):241-48.
- Mendonça, R.F and Ercan, S.A. (2015) Deliberation and protest: strange bedfellows? Revealing the deliberative potential of 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil. Policy Studies 36(3):267-82.
- Ercan, S.A. (2015) Creating and sustaining evidence for ‘failed multiculturalism’: The case of ‘honour killing’ in Germany. American Behavioral Scientist 59(6):658-78.
- Ercan, S.A. and Gagnon, J-P. (2014) Crisis of democracy. Which crisis? Which democracy? Democratic Theory1(2):1-10.
- Gozdecka, D., Ercan, S.A. and Kmak, M. (2014) From multiculturalism to post-multiculturalism: trends and paradoxes. Journal of Sociology 50:51-64.
- Ercan, S.A. and Hendriks, C. (2013) The democratic challenges and potential of localism: insights from deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 34(4):422-40.
- Niemeyer, S., Ercan, S.A. and Hartz-Karp, J. (2013) Understanding deliberative citizens: the application of Q methodology to deliberation on policy issues. Operant Subjectivity 36(2):114-34.
- Kanra, B. and Ercan, S.A. (2012) Negotiating difference in a Muslim society: A longitudinal study of Islamic and secular discourses in the Turkish public sphere. Digest of Middle East Studies 21(1):69-88.
- Marsh, D., Ercan, S.A. and Furlong, P. (2017) A skin, not a sweater: Ontology and epistemology in Political Science. In: Lowndes, V. et al (eds.) Theory and Methods in Political Science (4th Edition). London, Palgrave Macmillan pp.177-98
- Ercan, S.A. and Marsh, D. (2016) Qualitative methods in Political Science. In: Keman, H. and Woldendorp, J. (eds.) Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 309-20.
- Mendonça, R.F. and Ercan, S.A. (2015) Deliberation and protest: Revealing the deliberative potential of protest movements in Turkey and Brazil. In: Fischer, F. et al (eds.) Handbook of Critical Policy Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 205-22.
- Ercan, S.A. (2015) Democratizing identity politics: A deliberative approach to the politics of recognition. In: Gozdecka, D. and Kmak, M. (eds.) Europe at the Edge of Pluralism. Benelux, Intersentia, pp. 11-26.
- Ercan, S.A. (2014) Deliberative democracy. In: Phillips, D., (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. Los Angeles, SAGE, pp. 214-18.
- Ercan, S.A. (2014) Same problem, different solutions: The case of ‘honour killing’ in Germany and Britain. In: Gill, A. et al (eds.) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence. Theory, Policy and Practice. London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.199-217.
- Ercan, S.A. (2011) The deliberative politics of cultural diversity: Beyond interest and identity Politics? In: Monsouri, F. and Lobo, M. (eds.) Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations. Looking through the Lens of Social Inclusion. Surrey, Ashgate, pp. 75- 88.
- Ercan, S.A. and Bächtiger, A. (2019) Deliberative democracy: Taking stock and looking ahead. Democratic Theory 6(1):97-110.
- Ercan, S.A. and Dzur, A. (2016) Participatory democracy in unlikely places: What democratic theorists can learn from democratic professionals. Democratic Theory 3(2):94-113.
2020 Mending our threadbare democracies. Policy Forum, 29 October.
2020 Five lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic: an international evaluation of democracy in crisis. Public Seminar, 29 October.
- 2019 Reviving democracy: From crisis to innovation. Institute of Development Studies, 18 July. [Republished by Participedia, 19 July]
- 2018 Getting to the heart of coal seam gas protests- it’s not just the technical risks. Conversation, 4 December.
- 2018 Environmental activists flip the gender stereotype. BroadAgenda, 4 December.
- 2018 Coping with communicative plenty. Discover Society, 2 October.
- 2018 Democracy needs more than just voice: Coping with communicative plenty. Policy & Politics, 10 October.
- 2018 Catching methods up to concepts: Using interpretive methods to study public deliberation. Politics Upside Down, 3 May.
- 2017 Sisters in yarn: The rise and rise of small p politics. BroadAgenda, 16 August.
- 2014 Dangerous silence: Debating ‘honour killings’. Open Democracy, 1 July.
Projects & Grants
Chief Investigator (2021-2024) Democratic Resilience. The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks. Australian Research Council, Discovery Project ($511, 000)
Chief Investigator (2021-2024) Monitoring Deliberative Integrity in Australia. Australian Research Council, Special Research Initiative Grant ($200,000).
Chief Investigator (2020-2021) Connecting to Parliament (A collaborative project between Centre for Deliberative democracy and Global Governance and the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability and the Office of Andrew Leigh)
- Partner Investigator (2020-22) Deliberative democracy in the face of democratic crisis: contributions, dilemmas and ways forward. Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Research Grant ( $15,000)
- Partner Investigator (2017- ) Participedia Global Research Project, working on the Australian contingent (with Parry, L.)
- Chief Investigator (2015-18) Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty: A Deliberative Systems Approach. Australian Research Council Discovery Project ($369,700)
- Chief Investigator (2015-17) Understanding and Evaluating Deliberative Systems. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & Universities Australia ($24,000)
- Chief Investigator (2013-17) Protests and Political Engagement. International Research Project funded by the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Areas of Supervision
I welcome research proposals in the fields of Political Science/Political Sociology focusing on various aspects and practices of democracy, deliberative democracy, identity politics, multiculturalism/immigration, new forms of citizen engagement and protest movements.
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Primary supervisor, Jane Alver, PhD thesis: Negotiating Sisterhood in the Pacific Region: Feminist Alliances across Diversity, University of Canberra.
Primary supervisor, Maata Feao, MPA thesis: The Pacific Labour Scheme: Promises and perils of temporary migration from the Pacific countries to Australia, University of Canberra.
Secondary supervisor, Madeleine Egan, PhD thesis: Can constitutions be popular? Making space for mass democracy in deliberative constitutionalism, University of Canberra.
Secondary supervisor, Dianne Phillips, PhD thesis: Exploring the Effects of Neoliberalism on Research Governance and Practice, University of Canberra.
Third supervisor, Friedel Marquardt, PhD thesis: The politics of power: How powerful are the powerful in the 21st century political landscape, University of Canberra.
Completed PhD Projects
- Secondary supervisor, Kei Nishiyama, Children in deliberative democracy, University of Canberra, 2018.
- Secondary supervisor, Thaneshwar Bhusal, The democratising potential of democratic innovations in the context of municipal governance in Nepal, University of Canberra, 2018.
- Secondary supervisor, Samuel A. Antero, The practice of citizen-centric governance in Brazil, University of Canberra, 2017.
- Secondary supervisor, Catherine Clutton, Cultural competence in health related public policy deliberations: Engaging with immigrants in Australia and Canada, Australia National University, 2017.
- Secondary supervisor, Emma Vines, Containing English nationalism: The British political tradition and elite responses to the “English question”, University of Canberra, 2016.
- Primary supervisor, Cletius Puteho, Critical assessment of Australian settlement reception: The case of African humanitarian refugee entrants in Australia, University of Canberra, 2015.
- 2020, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Investigating and Explaining Society’, Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society, University of Canberra (undergraduate level).
- 2019, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Management Dissertation Unit’, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra (postgraduate level).
- 2015, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Theory and Practice of Deliberative Democracy’, ‘Comparative European Politics’, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan (undergraduate level)
- 2015-18. Academic Convener, ‘Graduate Research Forum’, Postgraduate Research Training in Politics, Policy and Economics, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra (postgraduate level).
- 2014, SS. Short Course Convener, ‘Interpretive Political Research’, Department of Political Science, University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (postgraduate level).